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How to have a Money Saving Pantry will help you stay on track with New Year’s Resolutions. If your pantry is stocked with staples this is the first step for meal planning and saving money. If you have a large quantity of food in stock this will help you to always be able to make something from what you have and you won’t need to run to the store. When staples are on sale at the store, be sure to stock up on them and you will not have to get them weekly when meal planning.
Money Saving Pantry
First you should have some canned good staples, which are good for creating a lot of different meals.
“Cream of” Soups – These soups are great for many casseroles, crockpot meals and even as a base for soups or gravies.
Beans – It is more costly to buy can versus dry but these can help you when you are in need of something quick such as chili or taco salad. I usually stock up on these when they are on sale for 50 cents.
Tomatoes – This includes tomato sauces as well. Great for casseroles and a variety of slow cooker meals.
Tuna or canned chicken – If you run out of meat these can make great substitutes.
Dry goods are also a staple in my home. They are great for those extra busy nights.
Rice – I use rice a lot in crockpot meals and it is hearty which will fill you up for less.
Pasta – You can make a countless number of meals and pasta is always on sale.
Breadcrumbs or Panko – This is a great staple for casserole toppings or for meatloaves.
Dried Beans – These can take time to make but they cost less and are good for you.
Baking Mix – Great to have on hand for making pancakes and etc. You can even make your own — >Homemade “Bisquick” Baking Mix Recipe
In addition you should have seasonings and spices on hand such as — onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, chives, curry powder, white pepper and salt. Buying these seasonings in bulk is usually the cheapest way.